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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...
Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website (www.marygildersleeve.com) where I discuss my work, my findsÃâÃÂ (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA.
I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately).
I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..
Donations to American Cancer Society:
2015 donations from sales = $56.00
2014 donations from sales = $70.00
2013 donations from sales = $92.00
2012 donations from sales = $90.00
I designed this prayer shawl for my 83 yo uncle who is slowly succumbing to cancer. He is always cold ... so I created this shawl that is extra thick and cozy but in an easy-care fiber (wool/acrylic blend). The garter and cable panel are competely reversible.
The shawl is wide enough for a fold down collar to keep the neck warm while also covering the shoulders and down to the small of the back. Done here in a manly charcoal gray, this shawl would be stunning in any color and is a quick knit that is a welcome bit of warmth for men, women or children!
$2 from every pattern sold will go to the American Cancer Society to eradicate this disease that has claimed many of my family members (including my first husband at the age of 31).
3sts x 6 rws = 1" in garter st
700 yards of Chunky weight